Lesson Plan

Waterproof that Roof!

Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up. Miniature rain storms are sure to make a splash with your science or engineering class!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Pros
  • Well-written student guide sheets keep groups on -task
  • Adaptable to the Common Core and designed for Next Generation Science Standards
  • Hands-on learning keeps brains engaged as well
Cons
  • Because of the amount of water involved in testing waterproofing, you may want to save this lesson for when the weather is pleasant enough to do it outdoors
  • Be aware that the reading material may not be suitable for younger learners, in which case, you can teach to their level